Copeland's Broken Arm Forces Doors Postponement
Two surviving members of the Doors had hoped to debut a reconstituted version of the band next week, but those plans are now on hold until next year after fill-in drummer Stewart Copeland suffered a bTwo surviving members of the Doors had hoped to debut a reconstituted version of the band next week, but those plans are now on hold until next year after fill-in drummer Stewart Copeland suffered a broken arm. The former Police drummer was injured during the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday when he fell from his bicycle on a path near his Los Angeles home, the band's publicists said. The accident has forced the Doors' new lineup to postpone their kickoff performance at the Palms in Las Vegas from Dec. 8 to Jan. 19.
The newly reformed Doors features two members of the original group, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and lead guitarist Robby Krieger. They are joined by Copeland, who replaces founding member John Densmore on drums, and singer Ian Astbury of the Cult, filling the shoes of the late Jim Morrison on lead vocals. Densmore was forced out of the reunion by a severe case of the hearing disorder tinnitus.
The aforementioned lineup played two shows earlier this year in Los Angeles and Toronto. As Manzarek told Billboard.com in September, next year will bring tours of North America and Europe, as well as the group's first studio album since 1978's "American Prayer," a collection of recordings of Morrison reading poetry backed by his surviving bandmates. Manzarek said Densmore may participate in the sessions for the set if his health is up to it.
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